The "Other" Fish

When we leave the house to go fishing around here, we normally have a target species in mind. I always here people that fish saltwater say, “You never know what your gonna catch”. This may be a little more true in the saltwater but also rings true around the tri-state as well. Now me I’m primarily a bassman, but some of my most memorable and largest catches are those “other” fish that I wasn’t necessarily trying for. I chased a fish for 30 minutes that I had hooked on a crankbait and never saw it.  Who knows what it was, but it was a blast!

bmay river largemouth bmay shovel erics goldfish

 

The 3 hardest jig bites I’ve ever had was from a single Shovelhead that owned me three times. It straightened two hooks and broke me off! My dad caught a 10lb. Walleye at Brookville Reservoir while we were bass fishing. The lake record Walleye at Brookville was caught by a fisherman practicing for a bass tournament. A friend caught a 51” Musky while bass fishing at St. Clair. I have hooked fish while bass fishing in the 25+ pound range. Of course they weren’t bass, but for those first few seconds of the fight you just don’t know. It is a test for your tackle and your angling skills. Some of the largest catches an angler will experience may not be the target of the day but will make a lasting memory. So embrace and be proud of that “other” fish you catch next trip out. 

grass carp muskie nicks carp

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Get A Good Fit For Beginner Shooters

So you're thinking of starting your child into shotgun shooting? Well first make sure they are ready: tall enough, mentally mature, and most important make sure the gun fits! Mossberg 410There is nothing that will discourage a child from shooting more than excessive recoil.  Shooting with a shotgun that does not fit properly can be one of the leading causes of excessive felt recoil.

When teaching youngsters to shoot use light loads and stationary targets at first then slow targets to gain their confidence. Mossberg and Remington both have guns that have shims that can be added to the gun as the child grows. These guns can be purchased at your local Bass Pro Shops, and any associate at the gun counter can help you with fit.

After making sure the shotgun has a good fit, you should ensure the shooter has the right stance. Feet should be shoulder width apart and if right handed the left toe should be pointing at where you intend to hit the target.  The right leg should be straight and left knee slightly bent. The stock should fit into the shoulder pocket and the face should be on the comb of the stock. Shooting a shotgun is different than shooting a rifle, you should have both eyes open so you won't lose your peripheral vision and your depth perception. Remington 870 JrThen keeping your head down and your eye on the target pull the trigger and follow through with the swing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2014 Early Deer Forecast: Looking Good !!

Big Deer Rack

With the late frost that killed all the oak blooms and water issues of last season this year is shaping up to be a banner year for bow hunters.

 While out Squirrel hunting and setting cameras I noticed that the oaks are heavy with Acorns this year and with the cool wet summer that we have had this year, the agriculture field are in great shape as is the natural forage. 

 Lots of great pics of big bucks rolling in on cell phones, great time to get the cameras out , bows turned up and broadheads sharpened .

 Remember while setting those early season stands that the deer will be feeding on the soft mast and browse until the acorns start to drop then it is all bets off till the rut starts kicking in.

 Get out there and check out your hunting area for this fall… It’s going to be a good year. 

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Labor Day Hometown Festival/Honoring Hometown Heroes

Our Labor Day/Hometown Festival will be held August 30th and 31st and will have many fun events for everyone in the family.

Each day from Noon to 5pm we will have Free family activities that include our duck pond, casting buckets, metal detector demo, free photo download, free craft and free face painting. We will also be giving away two $25 Bass Pro Shops gift cards to lucky winners that enter our drawings each day.

On each day from 1pm to 4pm we will be serving free hotdogs, and from 4pm to 5pm we will be doing an ice cream making demonstration and giving out yummy samples !!

On Saturday August 30th from 2pm to 4pm we will be honoring our Hometown Heroes with hourly drawings and free fish sampling !!! Any and all veterans, police, firefighters, paramedics, military personnel, soldiers and teachers are welcome to join us for this event to say thanks for what you do for us !!!

We will also have product demonstrations on both Saturday and Sunday:

1:30pm Stoked to Smoke: How to Smoke Meat Right

2:30pm Backyard Chef: Picking the Right Grill

3:30pm Going Dutch: Dutch Oven Cooking Made Easy

 

 

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ACME Predator Control: Don't Wait For The RoadRunner To Get Rid Of Your Coyotes

Are you not seeing as many Deer or Turkey as you did a few years ago? Are your deer acting more on edge even when there is no reason for them to be?  You may have issues with the number of predators on your hunting areas.  It has been shown on controlled fenced in military bases that predators left unchecked will account for 60% of fawns in the first two months of life.  The number of Raccoons, Skunks and Possums will directly impact the number of Turkey eggs that get to hatch in the spring. With the downturn in the fur market we are seeing fewer and fewer people trapping and hunting furbearing animals which has caused a spike in their populations.

While adding food plots and cover help your games animals you may want to consider  taking up predator calling or trapping to help right the number of predator in your hunting areas. Spending the extra time in the woods will also help you to improve your woodsmen skills and help you find those game trails that you did not know about on the other ridge from your stand.

Stop by and talk with our trained hunting staff and they will help you get set up with mouth or electric predator calls and decoys or get you started with trapping Coyotes , Fox, Bobcats or Raccoons.

Sorry, but we are all out of Acme Anvils and rockets.

http://www.growingdeer.tv/archive/category/deer-management/predators#/predators-and-prey

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Stay Sharp With The Right Broadhead Style For You

Are you thinking about switching broad-heads this year or are you new to bow-hunting?  Well, lets talk broad-heads for a few minutes.  You can break them down into three groups or styles of heads.  Fixed blade, Replaceable blade and Expandable style, each has their Pro’s and Con’s and a situation that they work best in.  I have used all three at one point or another in my archery career and have taken deer with all of them.

I would start out with fixed Blade. That is what I started with and what I am shooting now. I like them because I can touch them up and re-sharpen them with little effort.  I also like that as a whole they are the most rugged of the three since they have no moving parts. Downside if you miss and tear up a blade you have to chuck the whole head.

Blackout Broadhead

Blackout Broadhead

Second would be Replaceable Blade models. These are nice if you are not that great at sharpening  blades or don’t have the time to do it. You just get a set of replacement blades and swap them out before you head for the stand.  And if you miss your mark and break a blade off it is no big deal just swap it out.  The downside to these is they have thinner blades and are not as rugged as the fixed blades.

RedHead Blackout Replacement

RedHead Blackout Replaceable Blade

And the newest to the market is the expandable. The pro’s to these are they have a smaller profile so they fly more like a field point so they take less time to tune them in, as the name states they expand which give you a huge cutting area which can cut down on tracking and recovery.  The Con’s would be the moving parts. If they can move there is always the chance that they won’t or won’t at the right time. Also bows with lower poundage should stay clear of these. It does take a good amount of kinetic energy to get them to work correctly and lower poundage bows usually don’t have that.  With the lower poundage I have always found that 1/3 cut fixed heads work the best.

Blackout SS Gator Expandable Blade

Any other questions feel free to stop by and speak with one of our trained Archery Staff.

 

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Get On Target For a Better Bowhunting Season

The days are getting shorter and the mornings are starting to cool off and you can feel Bow season drawing closer.  You have been watching all the hunting DVDs and checking all your equipment and getting your pack ready for the stand, now it time to get some range time in.

Blackout 3-D Deer Target

Blackout 3-D Deer Target

The biggest respect that you can show to any game is to hone your marksmanship so that you can have a quick clean harvest of your game.  There are a number of ways that you can go about this, you can attend 3D shoots on the weekend at your local bow clubs but for those of us that just can get the time to make it there you can always shoot with a couple of buddies in your back yard or wood lot.  We have a number of targets that can help get your skills ready in the pre-season.  We have a large selection of 3-D deer targets that help you understand the arrow placement from different angles and elevations You should check out our Blackout Series of Targets they are built  to last for seasons and help to make you a better bowhunter.

Rhinehart 18-1 Target

Rinehart 18-1 Portable Archery Target

My favorite target for pre-season shooting is the throw-able targets like the Rinehart 18-1 and Field target these help you with judging distance and picking a smaller target that will help you become more accurate. Aim Small/Miss Small. These targets have rope handles and are meant to thrown from spot to spot giving you different shooting angles and distances We play the best shot gets to launch the target and decide the difficulty of the shot. It is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Rinehart Targets Archery Field Target

Rinehart Targets Archery Field Target

 

 

 

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Exploring the Outdoors at Rush Run

Recently, I explored the Rush Run Wildlife Area. You can find it by heading north on 127. I've provided the link to Google Maps' driving directions to make it a little easier. Rush Run is definitely a hidden treasure.

While I was there, I went kayaking and I tried my hand at trap shooting for the first time! Use of the facilities is FREE. There is no park admission fee, not even for the trap shooting field. You do need to carry your own equipment onto the site, though; there is no on-site store. We at the Bass Pro Shop sell everything you need to get started:


Have fun and don't get discouraged if, like me, you're new to the sport and not very good at it yet. You can see from my video that I've still got a lot to learn! Whether you are a novice or an experienced trap shooter, you are sure to enjoy a pleasant day in the outdoors.

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A Shark Tale "Cincinnati Midwest Style"

Here’s an entry to celebrate “Shark Week” on Discovery TV. A little shark tale “Cincinnati Midwest Style” !

Just a few pics from my vacation in Florida a week and a half ago. First off, no I haven’t been working out. Should have photo shopped a shirt. Anywho, caught this creature off the beach at Cape San Blas. I’m a bass man by trade, so I was super excited when my cast net actually opened on a throw and caught a 14” mullet. I had my oldest daughter run to the condo and grab the big rod and reel and bring it back (thanks, Claire). I nose hooked the mullet on a 10’ spinning rod and a Shimano baitrunner with 65# braid, a combo that I borrowed 3 years ago (thanks, Mike). Had a leader that someone fixed up for me 3 years ago (thanks, Lars). I waded out to chest deep water and slung it, put it in a sand spike and forgot about it.

Shark coming in

About 30 minutes later, all of the sudden I was mindin’ my own business when I heerd this sound. I realized it was the big rod and by the time I got to it, it was almost spooled and the sand spike was about to pull. I hit the fish, engaged the reel, and it just kept pulling line. At that point, I knew it wasn’t just my mullet swimming home. I was almost out of line, so I locked the drag down and was able to turn the beast. I was a little concerned about seeing what I had hooked because, of course, my whole family had been swimming on this beach all week. I put those thoughts aside when people started to gather around to cheer me on. I had to wave off a few bathers afraid that they would be bit or decapitated by my braided line. The shark continually pulled and really wanted to stay past the first sand bar. Finally, after 20 minutes, I saw my quarry. Another five minutes and I put it on the beach.

Shark on Beach 2 

The shark was about 4.5 feet long and I estimate the weight to be 65-75 pounds or so. If you asked me what kind it was, I would say a blackbulltigertip. I’m not real good on identification, but it had teeth.

Shark on Beach

Fortunately, the shark was hooked in the fin so I didn’t have to lip it to get the hook out. I was able to spin it around and get it back in the water quickly. Thanks to Claire for the help and the pictures. After that the stories of my catch could be heard for minutes. I was a legend in my own mind. There was a lot less swimming the next hour or so. The end.

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2014 Fall Hunting Classic Featuring Lee & Tiffany Lakosky

Our Annual Fall Hunting Classic and Sale will be held from August 1st through August 17th this year. We have filled this year’s event with great seminars and activities for the whole family. Check out what we are featuring this year:

August 1st @ 5pm to 9pm - Bass Pro Shops Hunting University featuring a meet and greet with Lee & Tiffany Lakosky, co-hosts of “The Crush” TV Show and members of the RedHead Pro Hunting Team

August 1st to August 17th – Enter to win a “Helicopter Hunt” !! During our Classic, enter to win a two-hour helicopter hunt in Texas with Brian “Pigman” Quaca !!!

August 1st to 6th – Bow and Crossbow trade-in: Trade in a bow or crossbow and get a coupon towards the purchase of a new bow or crossbow

August 7th to 12th – Binocular and Rangefinder Trade-In: Trade in binoculars or rangefinder and get a coupon towards  the purchase of new binoculars or rangefinder

August 13th to 17th – Scope Trade-in: Trade in a scope and get a coupon towards the purchase of a new scope

August 9th & 10th – Next Generation Weekend

                Noon to 5pm: Free BB Gun Range, Free Archery Range, Free Photo Download

                Noon to 4pm: Free Kid’s Craft

                2pm and 4pm: “Fall In The Outdoors” Kids Workshop

August 9th @3pm – NEW !! Women’s Hunting Workshop – first 25 women to attend this seminar will receive a FREE Bass Pro Shops Tumbler

August 15-17 :FREE Hunting Workshops – The first 25 people to attend the Friday and Saturday workshops will receive a FREE Bass Pro Shops Tumbler. The first 25 on Sunday will receive a FREE Survival Whistle

August 15th @ 7pm – So You Think You Know How To Bow Hunt?

August 16th & August 17th:

                                1pm – Autumn Hunt: New Approaches to Fall Success

                               2pm – Tender Venison? It’s Easier Than You Think

                                3pm – Does Camo Pattern Really Matter?

                               4pm – Why Should You Be Hunting Coyote?

                5pm – How To Integrate Your Game Camera With Mobile Devices

August 16th- 10am to 2pm: Free Bad Boy Buggy Test Drive in our Tracker Boat Lot

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Kayaking the Great Miami River

I have been rafting and kayaking, on and off, since I was fourteen years old. I've faced class 5 rapids. I've battled white water in three states. This weekend, I took my first drink – in the placid waters of the Great Miami River!

Consider this a cautionary tale.

My party consisted of my husband, a friend, and me. We put in at Rentschler Forest. You can find the well-maintained park on 5701 Reigart Road in Fairfield Township. 

Rentschler is built on the remnants of the old Eerie Canal. It is evident that the natural flow of water has been diverted. Directly across from the ramp, a dam blocks access to the main river. Instead, a small, shallow tributary flows into the main river maybe a mile or so downstream. We stumbled upon the clever idea of crossing to the dam, carrying our kayaks across the rocky riverbed, and putting in below the dam. That way, we reasoned, we wouldn't get stuck in the shallow water of the tributary. We'd only have to walk our kayaks once, not every time the water got shallow. It seemed like a perfectly reasonable plan, right? Wrong!

Rentschler Park

Warning: don't ever do this.

We paddled across to the old dam and got out. We immediately realized that the dry riverbed over which we had to carry our kayaks was a bit longer and comprised of more treacherous terrain than we'd originally anticipated. On the map, it looks like a hop, skip, and a jump. In reality, it felt more like a slide, skid, and a stumble.

Here, I was the lucky one. My kayak is an Otter by Old Town. I bought it a few years ago, but the product has since been discontinued; that's a shame. Mine is a light-weight, no-frills kayak that is easy to carry. I'm only 5 feet tall and, I'll admit it, I'm rather out of shape. Carrying my kayak across a bed of loose rocks was certainly easier on me than it was for the guys, both of whom had larger kayaks. They had to help each other and take two trips. I got to sit by the water and play Candy Crush while I waited for them.

Kayak at Dam in Rentschler Park

We put in below the dam.

Putting in below the dam proved a bit awkward. The churning water actually kicked up a bit of a current. This is where my light sit-in put me at a disadvantage to the guys' heavy sit-on-top models. Putting in at a ramp and in placid water is one thing. Climbing inside a kayak near a dam and against a current? Entirely another thing. One foot went in, one stayed planted on the rocks. I did the splits. Then, splash! Into the water I went!

Bonus: the water wasn't freezing. It also wasn't deep. I clung to my kayak, found my footing, and tried to climb back onto the bank. Unfortunately, the loose, rocky riverbed kept slipping out from under my feet every time they found purchase. My husband yanked on my shirt, a move that caused me to lose my footing again, but I eventually made it back onto the rocks without losing either my kayak or paddle. I've decided to be flattered that my husband's first reaction was to try to save me, even if I was never really in any great peril. Honestly, the thoughts flashing through my mind were less, “Oh, God!” and more, “Now I have to do laundry before work!”

After I got back into my boat, we finally paddled off. Every inch of me was dripping wet – and yes, I was embarrassed. I'm glad we had the presence of mind to take a dry bag. We use Ascend's Round Bottom Lightweight Dry Bags. We've never been disappointed with their performance, not even after a few years of wear and tear. My cell phone and wallet remained dry and functional because I stowed them in a dry bag. They're cheap ($15.99), and a must-have accessory for any day spent on the water. They're definitely cheaper then replacing water-logged phones!

The rest of the trip proved peaceful and uneventful. I spent the first half of the trip as I spend the first half of any trip: being asked to wait.

Waiting in kayak
The Waiting Game: this is what happens when you have a fast kayak.

My small, light watercraft is more maneuverable and much faster than my friends' larger kayaks tend to be. The guys were using the behemoth Ascend FS128-T and the comparatively smaller Ascend FS12-T. Both are great boats for kayak fishing. For simple paddling trips like ours, however, I still prefer mine.

We hit a few areas of choppy water and a couple of  spots that might qualify as rapids. Maybe. I'll give them a Class 1 status because I'm feeling generous. We also hit a few shallow patches in which the bottoms of our kayaks and the ends of our paddles scraped rock. One area had a long pipe going from bank to bank surprisingly near the surface of the water. It created a bit of a slide for us, but had the water been lower, it could have proven a major obstacle or even obstructed our journey.

We paddled about four miles down to Combs Park in Hamilton, OH. The ramp here is old and eroded, with chunks of concrete having broken off in abundance. Nevertheless, it is capable of handling larger watercraft. As we were pulling our kayaks up, a family was backing their trailer and jon boat into the water.

The entire trip, complete with a hike across a dry riverbed and a spontaneous dunking, lasted a bit less than two hours. It was scenic and refreshing – and it left me plenty of time to do laundry before work! All in all, I recommend a good paddle down the Great Miami. Just don't try to be clever and bypass the shallow water, like I did. You might end up getting wet!

Amanda Bull Chafin

 

 

 

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Dude Wipes: Saving The World One Dude At A Time

Now available at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Cincinnati. DUDE Wipes. (Pronounced dood not doody.) They are exactly what you think they are. Flushable wipes for him. A three pack will run you 1.99. The packaging has some clever and funny statements. Not to spoil all of them something about "King of the Throne", "Also sweet for your face, hands, pits and dude regions". They are good when you need to make a "clean" getaway. Ok I made that one up. A good compliment to the library and BPS cata -log. 

Bassmaster Elite Pro Gerald G-Man Swindle is a huge proponent of DUDE wipes and has even discussed taking a break for a "maintenance wipe" when confronted by that "not so fresh feeling".   Fortified with Vitamin E, Aloe and smell good these are bound to make your day more comfortable after the paperwork has been filled out, so to speak.

 

The Dude Products Story

In 2012 Dude Products was founded out of an apartment in Chicago. Whether it was some unexpected physical activity or the aftermath of the lunchtime burrito, The Dudes realized, as guys, they were destined to smell. Something needed to be done. So on behalf of Dudekind they created The Award Winning Dude Wipes™ to combat stank and put you back on your game wherever or whenever nature calls.

 

Dude Wipes, saving the world one Dude at a time. 

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Get The Right Boots on the Ground This Fall

As the days start to get shorter we are drawing closer to opening day of deer season and if this is the year that you are going to get new boots to hunt in you may want to start thinking about what you want and what is going to work best for you. I have a few different pairs and each has its best time to use but I am going to just look at two basic types and what they do best.

Rubber Knee Boots:

RedHead® Guide 16'' Waterproof Rubber Boots for MenI would have to say that more than half of my trips to the deer stand are made in this style of boot. They are by far the best when it comes to scent control on walking to and from your stand.  Being all rubber they do not hold a lot of scent in the material of the boots and also allow you to walk through streams and low rivers to get to your stand without getting your feet wet and knocking off any odor that you may have pickup along the way. The downside to these boots is that they do not breathe. So if your feet sweat a bunch you may have issues with keeping your feet warm without the right sock combo. 

 

Leather Hunting Boots:

RedHead® 10'' Treestand II GORE-TEX® Insulated Boots for MenThese are the boots that most of us think of when we think hunting boots. They are mostly a lace up style of boot which will fit your foot better and make it more comfortable to walk longer distances in. These boots breathe and those with waterproof membranes are waterproof to crossing creeks and the chance of getting caught in a shower. But know that if you are walking through rain soaked grass and field that your feet will get damp. The act of water through the grass is forcing water through the membrane so your feet will get damp. I find myself wearing these boots once it falls below freezing. It easier for me to get the right combo of socks on and the leather will let my feet breathe. 

 

Come in and let our trained staff in the footwear department help you pick the boots that will work best for you. 

 

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Make A Splash With These Wading Boots

White River Shop

Are you looking to upgrade your Waders this year for comfort and fit? Then chance are you will be looking at boot-foot waders which mean that you will be needing wader boots. There are a number of choices out there with each having their own advantages and disadvantages. I will break them down to help you find the boot that you need.

 

Rubber Lug Soles:

These are going to be the most inexpensive of the group but not that great is most areas. These boots do well with mud and loose gravel with no moss. You will find this boot sole on most waders with the boot attached. A good boot for Duck hunter and those fishing warm water

 

Felt bottom boots:

These boots are great for those of us who fish cold water streams and rivers with moss and plant life living on the rocks. The felt give a better traction with more surface contact, these boots can be made better by adding carbide screw in spikes which will help with those really slick round river rocks of the western rivers. But be careful, there are a lot of shops and guides that won’t want you to wear them in their shops and boats. They do tear up flooring like golf cleats.

 

Sticky Rubber boots:

White River Wading Boot

These are relatively new but gaining speed fast. With the spreading of diseases and parasite that can live in the felt bottoms of older boots a number of states have outlawed the use of felt bottom boots and made the rubber bottom boots the best choice. The rubber on the bottom of these boots is very similar to that of rock climbing shoes so the stick to rocks as good if not better than the felt soles and the carbide cleats can be added to these as well to give you that extra bite. Check out the White River Extreme boots. A great boot for cold water fishermen and Hunters.

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Git 'R Done Fast With The Orion Cooker

Orion Cooker

The Orion Cooker. Hard to define. It's in a catergory of its own. Charcoal BBQ smoker is how the website describes it. My experience is it is like the microwave of the outdoor cooking world. If you don't have the time for using regular smokers and enjoy outdoor cooking this may be the answer. Imagine going home in the evening putting a 12 pound turkey in and eating it an hour and 25 minutes later. It's possible with the Orion. Cook times are quick and you basically light it and walk away. The company even says if you are lookin' you ain't cookin.

 

The Orion includes 3 rib hangers a poultry post and lifting handle, and three cooking grates. You can achieve a smoked flavor by adding chips around the drip pan in the bottom of the Orion. Granted you do not get as strong of smoke flavor as traditional smokers but it only takes a fraction of the time. Orion cooking times are based on using instant light charcoal. One cook will take a whole 13-15 pound bag of charcoal. Smaller cuts may require less. I normally cook my main meal then have a smaller item to cook as soon as the larger is done. Now you have covered at least two meals while using the Orion. 

 

The process is simple place your food item on the appropriate rack. Replace the lid. Fill the upper ring with about 12 briquettes use the remainder to fill the large lower ring. Light the upper and lower ring, note the time, drink a couple of appropriate beverages and return at the designated time to find outdoor cooking perfection. I have listed some of the cook times below to give an idea of how fast and easy the Orion is. Of course you can marinate, rub, inject and do all kinds of things to the food that you are placing in the Orion. If you need ideas you can go to their website. The Orion is 159.99 and is available at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

 

Orion Cook time examples:

 

Item

Weight

Cook Time*

Chicken

3-4 lbs

1 hour 10 minutes

Turkey

15 lbs

1 hour 45 minutes (7 minutes/lb)

Baby Back Ribs

6 racks

1 hour 15 minutes

Beef Brisket

6-7 lbs

3 hours

Boston Butt

5 lbs

3 hours 30 minutes

Chicken Wings

40 wings

1 hour

 

 

 

 

 

*Cooking times are approximate

 

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Make The Cut With This DIY Shed Knife

Every late winter, around when the Super Bowl winner is decided, I know it’s time for me to start shed hunting. The whitetail deer sheds his antlers every spring and grows a larger set. So you might ask, except for looking really cool on my mantle, are there any practical uses I can find for these sheds. Well here’s one use that I found to be useful and aesthetically pleasing ; shed-handled knives.

Shed Knife 1

  1. Cut the brow tine off if it has one. Hold the antler in your hand until it fits like a hammer. Then draw a line about  one inch from your index finger. Then cut the antler base off.Shed Knife 2
  2. You will need to buy a knife blank and the brass finger guards, you can find these by Googling “knife blade blanks” and find places that sell these; I like to use Smoky Mountain Knife Works.  After you have all that you are ready to get started.Shed Knife 3
  3. Drill a hole long ways into the antler the length of the tang.
  4.  Slip the knife blank thru the brass finger guard and then into the hole in the antler. Then you will see what needs to be ground down on the finger guard,you want it the same shape as the antler.Shed Knife 4
  5. Pull the blank out and fill with epoxy then reinsert. Let it sit for 24 hours then you can do your final polish. Sharpen it up with one of our Bass Pro Shops Knife Sharpeners and you are ready to go !!!

Have fun this shed season.

 

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Sunscreen: The Safer Way to Fun in the Sun

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 2 million people find out they have skin cancer every year. While the rates of other forms of cancer are on the decline, melanoma has tripled since the early 1970’s. Most of this is attributed to poor sun safety habits. So the need for sun protection products has become even more important, and Banana Boat has some great items out this year to keep Mr. Sun from ruining your vacation with a painful burn and help you decrease the chance of problems in the future.Sunscreen

So what’s the difference between products and what do the numbers on the bottles mean? The sun emits ultraviolet rays, these are broken down into UVA and UVB rays. While the both can be harmful to your skin, the UVB rays, which are the cause of sunburn, are the cancer causing rays, although the UVA ray’s ability to penetrate the skin makes the affect of the UVB rays even worse. In addition the UVA rays are the cause of wrinkling, leathering and sagging of the skin. So you want to find a sunscreen that has Broad Spectrum Protection, which protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

Now you are saying, Ok, I get the whole UV ray thing, but what’s the SPF and what’s the number that goes with it. Well, SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and it works like this. If it takes 20 minutes for your unprotected skin to start to burn, using a sunscreen with a SPF factor of 15 will theoretically prevent your skin from turning red 15 times longer, or 5 hours. That is the literal equation, the problem with that is that if you have a SPF 30 on, you aren’t going to be in the sun for 10 hours, normally. So more practical way to look at it is in terms of percentages:

  • SPF 15 filters out about 93% of all UVB rays
  • SPF 30 filters out about 97%
  • SPF 50 filters out about 98%

Because there really aren’t any sunscreens that remain effective longer than 2 hours without re-application, the percentage guide is the most practical way to choose your sunscreen.

Face Sunscreens

You should use around 1 ounce (equivalent to a shot glass) of sunscreen with each application, less if you are only covering just your arms, or just your legs, etc. Most of the sunscreens out now have a water resistant rating of up to 80 minutes, but you should re-apply after getting out of the water regardless of how long it has been. To maximize the effectiveness of the sunscreen, apply 30 minutes before you head out in the sun to allow it to bond to your skin.

Some common myths concerning sunscreen:

  1. It causes Vitamin D deficiency – few dermatologists believe this, and there is no study to date that has show this
  2. If it’s cloudy you don’t need sunscreen – 40% of the sun’s UV rays reach the earth on a completely cloudy day
  3. Most of your sun exposure happens when you are young – studies show that you get less than 25% of your total sun exposure by the age of 18. The highest annual doses of the sun’s UV rays are to men over 40, who spend the most time outdoors

Hopefully this helped you understand sunscreen a little more and will allow you to choose the right one and not let the sun ruin your outdoor adventures !

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Tracker/Nitro Boats Pro Staff Spotlight: Tips From Neal Ramsey

Neal Ramsey

Meet Neal Ramsey, a member of our Tracker/Nitro Pro Staff Fishing Team. Neal has had a great year so far, competing in seven in tournaments in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. He has weighed in 58 pounds and 8 ounces worth of largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass in those tournaments which have lead him to one 1st place, two 3rd places, a 5th place and a 9th place. 

Here's Neal's tip to you for summer time Ohio River fishing: 

Slow down.  Soft plastics dominate in July.  Begin with a 1/8 ounce shaky head jig, rigged with a finesse worm.  Experiment with worm sizes, try 4" ring worms up to 7' ribbontail worms Texas rigged with a 1/8 ounce Tungsten weight.  Keep in mind that the fish are beat up this time of year.  They are recovering from their spring spawn, and they are getting a lot of fishing pressure.  Think finesse tactics and slow down...you will be in the right ball park.

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Plot For Success This Fall

Food Plot

Getting your fall food plots in:   We are fast approaching the time to get your fall food plot in so that it is ready to hunt when season rolls around.  Unlike your spring plots which are there to help the overall health of your herd your Fall plots are usually set up to draw that big buck in close for the shot. 

First thing to remember is that the number one reason that food plots fail is because the soil was not properly prepared before planting. You will see a huge difference with how your plots do if you take the time to get your soil tested and follow the needs of your dirt with Lime, Fertilizer and Potash. 

Couple of other things that you want to think about before you plant:

The prevailing winds for the area: make sure that you can get into and out of the area without bumping out all the deer.

 Stand Placement: make sure that you have trees that are going to be good vantage points. I like to have a couple spots on each plot.

 Size of Plot: I like only making plots as wide as I can shoot. It does you no good if your deer are always feeding 80-90 yards out of your bow range

 Peak hunting time(when you will get to hunt):  As a pretty good rule of thumb You have about 30 days form planting till your food plot is going to be ready to use by the deer and you have about another 30 days after that where the deer will find your plot palatable. After that they will look elsewhere.   So make sure that you try to get the plot maturing when you can do most of your hunting.

One more tip, I have found that Plot-Watching features on game cameras are huge when hunting food plots. Since they are not being triggered by deer they are giving you full coverage of your plot and what walks in and out regardless of which trail. This will help you make the final decision on stand placement.

 

 

 

 

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What We Need Is More Cowbell!

Cowbell Target

More Cowbell! I have a disease that only more Cowbell will cure! We have a brand new reactive target from Do-All that will have you craving more Cowbell!

With the epic demand for 22’s starting to slow we can all start getting back out and shooting and this new target is a lot more fun than punching any paper.   

The Do All Outdoors Cowbell Target gives immediate feedback on shot placement with the distinct sound of a cowbell every time it's struck with a .22 rimfire bullet. The Cow Bell Reactive Target provides hours of shooting fun—no need to walk down the range and examine the little holes on a paper target. Made of steel, with a sturdy steel stand, the Cowbell .22 Reactive Target will give you years of shooting enjoyment. Includes a high viz orange sticker.

Don't fear shooting at this new and fun target from Do All! You will be a better shot while having a great time and will reap great rewards from ringing more Cowbell!

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